Please note: The Digichat servers have been eliminated. Please refer to our Flash Chat help page for more assistance on our new software.
1. I can't connect. What kind of browser do I need and how do I activate Java to chat?
To activate Java on Internet Explorer 4, 5, and 6 please follow these directions:
1. Choose Tools from the Menu bar, then Internet options.
2. Select the Security tab then the Custom Level button
3. In the dialogue box scroll down to the Scripting section, Active Scripting sub-section and select Enable (click in the radio button)
4. Then in the dialogue box scroll down to the Microsoft VM section, Java Permissions and select either High security, Medium Security or Low Security.
5. Select OK in each dialogue box.
After downloading Sun Java (link below), to activate Java on Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, please follow these directions:
1. Choose Tools from the Menu bar, then Internet options.
2. Select the Advanced Tab.
3. Scroll down to the section labelled "Java (Sun)"
4. Make sure this box is ticked and then press "ok".
To activate Java on Netscape 6.x and above:
1. Choose Edit from the menu bar, then Preferences
2. Select Category: Advanced
To download the latest version of Java, please go to:
Please note that some users have mentioned that Virus Scanners such as ZoneAlarm can prevent the Java Applet from loading. Try temporarily disabling any virus software to see if you can connect.
Also, users of Microsoft XP (All versions) please note: Microsoft released a software update to Microsoft IE 6 for Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). This update changed the way in which IE handles some Web pages that use ActiveX controls and Java applets. Examples of ActiveX controls include the Sun Java Virtual Machine, which this site uses. Please make sure you enable your ActiveX controls on your browser. Go to Tools>Internet Options>Security>Trusted Sites>Add www.chat-avenue.com to "Sites">Then click "custom level" and make sure ActiveX is enabled for your trusted sites.
2. How do I use the chat?
- First select the appropriate chat category you would like to participate in. To enter the room, click Connect, enter a user name
(the other information is optional), then click OK, Connect!
- A list of the other users in the room is displayed in the
window on the right.
- Type your message in the narrow text box, then hit the 'Enter'
key or click Send. Your message is displayed in the chat
room for you and all the other users to see.
3. How do I send a private message?
You are able to send a message to another user in the chat room. That message cannot be seen by anyone else. Click the name of the user you wish to send a private message
to, then click the Private Chat box icon. It looks like
a person whispering into someones ear. A new private chat room
box will appear which will allow for private and safe communication.
Private chat can also be initiated by double clicking on the persons
4. How can I block messages from a particular user?
Click the name of the user you wish to block messages from, then
click the Ignore User icon. It looks like a person with
a big red line through it. Any messages sent by this user will
not be displayed on your screen.
does Rooms do?
will show any other rooms that may have been created by users
of the chat. Some can only be accessed through passwords chosen
by the creator of the rooms.
NOTE: New Rooms can only be created
by certain moderators. (Private or Public: please see below) This is due to user abuse. You must ask a moderator to create one for you.
6. How can I customize the chat window (fonts, colors, etc.)?
Click on Settings and then click the appropriate tabs at
the top to change fonts, scroll speed, etc.
7. How can I find out more about someone in the chat room?
Highlight the user's name, then double click. Then click on Profile.
8. Do the chat rooms work with WebTV?
No it does not work with WebTV. Please visit other fun things
at this site while you are here.
9. I am
being bothered by a user in the chat room. What can I do?
can ignore the user by clicking their name then clicking the Ignore
User icon. If you are the room moderator, you can expel or
ban this user from the chat room. You can also contact the webmaster
or room administrator to report the problem.
10. Why can't I log back on to the chat using the same username
(nickname) after my Internet/chat server connection was dropped?
If you login from a different machine or a machine that uses
a dynamic IP address, it will not permit a second login because
you appear to be still in the room. Select a different username.
After 10 minutes, the old username is automatically logged off
and is available for use again.
11. What does "I" icon button do?
By highlighting a user name you can receive quick access to his/her
profile by clicking that icon.
12. Why am I getting the following error messages: 'Connection
failed/closed,' 'Disconnected:Network connection closed?'
These errors indicate an inability to access our computers. This
can be due to a problem with your Internet Service Provider (ISP),
your modem, or the path between your computer and ours. It can
also be because you are behind a firewall or using a proxy server.
13. Can I use the chat rooms with AOL?
Yes. However, it may be necessary to access DigiChat from an
external browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape
Navigator/Communicator, rather than the built in AOL web browser.
This is due to apparent bugs in AOL 4.0 and earlier which cause
some Java applets , such as DigiChat, to redraw improperly. This
bug appears to affect Windows 95/NT and Macintosh, though Windows
98 appears to be unaffected.
14. Why do I get the 'Sorry not Java enabled' message when
using Netscape 3.0 / MS Internet Explorer 3.0 on Windows 95?
Follow the instructions below to turn on the Java capability
of your browser.
- Netscape Navigator: Click Options > Network
Preferences > Language. Check the 'Enable Java'
- Internet Explorer: Click View > Options
> Security. Check the 'Enable Java programs' box.
Why do I get the following error messages: 'Security Violation.
java.lang.verify error, Applet exception:Java.lang.ClassFormatError?'
browser may be caching an earlier version of the applet. Clear
the cache, exit the browser completely then try again.
Go to Options > Network Preferences >
Click Clear Memory Cache Now, then click OK.
Click Clear Disk Cache Now, then click OK.
Set 'Verify Documents' to 'Every Time,' then click OK.
Go to View > Options > Advanced.
Click Settings for Temporary Internet Files.
Under 'Check for newer versions of stored pages', check 'Every
visit to the page.'
Click Empty Folder and click Yes after 'Delete
Click OK in the Options Dialog.
Version Internet Explorer (v.4 and later)
Go to Tools > Internet Options.
Click Delete Files.
Click Delete Cookies (if present) and then click Clear
Click OK in the Options Dialog.
Why does it sometimes take longer than others to connect to the
most cases, slow connect and response times have to do with a
slow computer on the Internet between your machine and ours. Other reasons include a firewall which prevents you to connect to the chat rooms. (for example, some Libaries establish a firewall to prevent chat room connections.
Why do I get the message 'Sorry that nick (<name>) is logged
in' but I don't see the user in the chat room?
Usernames are shared by all the rooms on a chat server. The person
using that nickname is logged on to the same chat server, but
is in a different room. Please choose another name.
18. Why am I asked for a password when I try to login with
Some names (including room administrators') are password protected.
You are trying to use a name that belongs to someone else. Please
choose another user name.
do I use the special Emoticons for the chat rooms?
Go to the
page to see an entire listing of the #1 Chat Avenue emoticons enabled for
the chat rooms. Simply type the indicated chat command on the
left to produce the indicated emoticon on the right.
do I create new chat rooms and how many can be created?
At this time only certain moderators will be allowed to create new rooms. Requests must be made directly to them.
21. I still
see the old featureless chat rooms from before. How come I cannot
see the Digichat chat rooms?
use a proxy server to increase download speeds. If the cache is
not deleted from the proxy server, then the user is going to load
the old applet. Only time will correct this problem.
22. What is flagging messages?
You can "flag" messages from select users by highlighting the name of the chatter and clicking the "flag user" button (face with red flag)? You can also assign font colors to them by clicking "settings" and going to the "fonts" tab!
23. Are these chat rooms safe?
#1 Chat Avenue does it's best
to supply it's users with a safe environment for chatters of all ages. The rooms are staffed by volunteer moderators who may or may not be present in the chat room at the time of your use. Please remember that a child's safety is the responsibility of the child's parents. Chatters under the age of 18 years old should be supervised by a parent or guardian. Please do not give out any personal information to strangers, no matter how trustworthy they may seem.
24. I am still having problems connecting to the chat rooms despite following all the proper instructions?
Make sure you are using an appropriate version of Java. We recommend the latest (and best) Sun Java which can be downloaded at their website (link provided at the top of the page).
25. I still can't connect! (This applies to users who used to get in fine) Now its giving me a message "Java applet not found,," at the bottom. There is a grey box and the little logon "nickname" panel doesn't appear. What should I do?
You may need to "refresh" your Java. Again, we find the best way to resolve this problem is to clear your cache and refresh the page. For Internet Explorer users, go to Tools > Internet Options > Delete Files > Press OK > Press Ok again. Then refresh the page. If that still doesnt work then try to go to the Java home page and click on the top right corner box (GET IT NOW) to reinstall java on your browser for free. That should do the trick! The last possible thing to try is to hold the "Control" key while you continue to refresh the page.
Another option that has worked for others is to clear your Java cache (found within the latest Java control panel) The steps are as follows:
a. Go to your control panel and double click your Java icon.
b. Click Settings under the Temporary Internet Files tab and the Temporary Files Settings box will appear.
c. Click the Delete Files button and the Delete Temporary Files box will appear.
d. Click OK on the Delete Temporary Files window and then press OK on the Temporary Files Settings window.
If none of these options work, then there must be something wrong with your Internet Browser and we recommend to download it again.
26. I am getting some sort of message regarding "ActiveX" which does not allow me to connect to the site. What should I do?
Through our research, this has something to do with your security settings either on your browser or your virus protection program. Basically, your computer is thinking that the chat room is not safe (which we know it is :) ) For internet Explorer users, go to Tools > Internet Options > Security (Tab at top). You can move the marker (on the bottom left) to "Medium-Low" level. For those with Anti-virus type programs, please check with the manufacturer of the software or the product manual for detailed description of how to change your security settings to allow for ActiveX controls. Alternatively, you can click the "Trusted Sites" button and add "http://www.chat-avenue.com" (without quotes) to the Trusted Sites zone for even more security.
I am still having problems, who do I contact?
You can email our support team at: #1 Chat Avenue Support Team
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